- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has initiated a football tournament taking place in Abuja
- The event is tagged 1st APC National Unity Cup Football Championship
- The football championship is the brainchild of the APC national youth leader, Honourable Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo
Nigeria's ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has initiated a football tournament for youths within the party nationwide.
The event tagged 1st APC National Unity Cup Football Championship, is the brainchild of the APC national youth leader, Honourable Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.
The one-week long event is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, November 22 to Thursday, November 30 at the Area 3 and 10 sports centers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The event which was kicked-off by the Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello witnessed the first match between Jigawa state youths and their Benue state counterparts.
Speaking to journalists at the event, Governor Bello applauded the initiative by the Honourable Jalo to organise the football championship.
He noted that Nigeria is blessed with various sporting talents, stressing that all hands need to be on deck to harness them into super stars to be reckoned with worldwide.
On his part, the deputy national chairman (south) of the APC, Engineer Segun Oni, who represented the party chairman, Chief John Oyegun, hailed Honourable Jalo for organising the event, adding that the party was the first to initiate such a chaimpionship.
He noted that sports is a vital tool for nation building, even as he canvassed for the tournament to be extended to the ladies within the party.
“I have been assured by the youth leader that this will be extended to the ladies for gender balance,” he said.
In his goodwill message at the event, Honourable Jalo said the tournament is part of the APC’s move to initiate and implement strategic programs that would endear the party to Nigerian youths.
“This competition would bring out hidden talents in football which can be showcased to the world for future benefits to the individuals and the nation at large,” he said.
NAIJ.com observed that there was a march past by participating states at the event, while dancers and other entertainers thrilled the crowd at the event.
Meanwhile, Nigerian youths have been urged by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to join political parties and get voted into public office.
The vice president made the comments at the Emerging Political Leaders Summit in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
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